Wimbledon day 2 betting: Former big guns clash in first round

Updated: June 28, 2016

2016 The Championships, day 2 – Wimbledon, London, England; June 28 – tips by Alex Romanovich



Day 2 has dawned bright and sunny in south-west London for The Championships with more of the big names in first round action. One of the toughest matches to call is the battle of Svetlana Kuznetsova and Caroline Wozniacki (pictured below). The former has won two Grand Slam titles with past victories at the US Open and Roland Garros, and has been ranked as high as no.2 in the world. The latter has appeared in two Grand Slam finals and has held the number one ranking. It’s Kuznetsova who is the seeded player (she is considered the 13th most likely to win the tournament) while Wozniacki didn’t have any protection in the draw, as a consequence of falling down the rankings. This match-up, between two of the game’s elite players, isn’t the draw that either would have requested, but it’s one that the galleries will appreciate.



In men’s action, Aussie young gun Nick Kyrgios and veteran Czech Radek Stepanek are at opposite ends of their respective careers. Since the summer of 2014, when he defeated Rafa Nadal on the way to the quarter-finals here, Kyrgios stepping on to the grass has sent the Pimm’s-ometer into overdrive. And his opponent is hardly one of the grey men of the sport either. The 37-year-old Stepanek has the talent, as well as the inclination, to make life very difficult for Kyrgios, even if, in the Australian’s words, they’re “good mates”. The Czech caused a stir in the first round of this year’s French Open when he came within two points of defeating Andy Murray, who would go on to reach a debut final at Roland Garros. In their only previous meeting at the French Open in 2013 Kyrgios needed three tie-breakers to get past the Czech.


Confirmed betting (card finalised)

Victor Estrella Burgos v Marcel Granollers +36 total (one unit @ $1.90)
Luke Saville v Dennis Novikov 5 sets total (one unit @ $3.25)
Nick Kyrgios v Radek Stepanek +39 total (one unit @ $1.83)
Fernando Verdasco v Bernard Tomic +40.5 total (one unit @ $1.83)
Liam Broady +10.5 hcp v Andy Murray (one unit @ $1.83)

Svetlana Kuznetsova WIN v Caroline Wozniacki (one unit @ $2.20)
Monica Puig v Johanna Konta three sets (one unit @ $2.20)
Serena Williams v Amra Sadikovic -16.5 total (one unit @ $2.00)
Dominika Cibulkova -3.5 hcp v Mirjana Lucic-Baroni (one unit @ $1.73)
Eugenie Bouchard -4.5 hcp v Magdalena Rybarikova (one unit @ $1.83)


Yesterday’s results: 6-2, +4.85 units

Adrian Mannarino WIN v Kyle Edmund (two units @ $1.62) WIN
Bjorn Fratangelo v Grigor Dimitrov/1-3 sets (one unit @ $3.60) LOSE (0-3)
Sam Querrey v Lukas Rosol + 39.5 games (one unit @ $1.80) WIN (66)
Jeremy Chardy WIN v Gael Monfils (one unit @ $2.38) WIN
Guillermo Garcia-Lopez v Andreas Seppi -4.5 games (one unit @ $1.80) WIN
Ekaterina Alexandrova v Ana Ivanovic -5.5 games (two units @ $1.73) LOSE
Garbine Muguroza/2-1 v Camila Giorgi (one unit @ $3.80) WIN
Bethanie Mattek-Sands v Lucie Safarova +21.5 games (one unit @ $1.83) WIN (38)

• Selections are listed in three categories – 1) Suggested (likely bet but yet to be finalised); 2) Confirmed (locked in at the price listed); and 3) Leans (tips, but not recommended bets); all times quoted are Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT); prices with thanks to Sportsbet (except where markets are not available), correct at time of publication. Results/comments on today’s games/races will follow in the next post.

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